Piri Piri Starfish by Tessa Kiros


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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2 Responses

  1. Eduardo says:

    I’m Portuguese, and I would like to congratulate Kiros for the authentic Portuguese dishes in her Piri piri Starfish book. Even thou there’s more to find about Portugal culinary gems, I can tell you that Kiros was faithful to the Portuguese tradition. It’s not a ‘sort of ‘ Portuguese food, it really is Portuguese food.

    Also, anyone that compares Portuguese food to Spanish food, they seriously do not know what they are talking about.

    Chorico may be similar to Chorizo but it’s not the same.

    And when it comes to Bacalhau, I doubt the Spaniards know much about the fish as we Portuguese do. It’s a staple food in Portugal.

    • Caroline says:

      Thank you, Eduardo. It’s great to hear that the book is so authentic. It’s one of my regularly used ones – I still love that recipe for Caramel Cake.

      At the time I wrote that review, Spain was all over the place as the biggest thing in food. I wondered was the focus going to move on to Portugal but that does not seem to have happened as we’re all orientated in a more Nordic direction at the moment.

      As that move hasn’t happened, there’s – as yet – no availability of chorico in Ireland so I still have to make Peas with Eggs and Chorizo!

      Sometime I hope to visit Portugal and taste these foods in situ.

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